Cheshire Police is asking local people for their views on a proposal to relocate Risley police base to nearby Birchwood fire station and its help desk function to the help desk at Arpley Street in Warrington.
We are asking local people to give us their views and take part in an online survey.
Risley Police Base is located on Delenty Drive, which is a no-through road in a quiet residential area of Birchwood. It provides a base for suspect interviews, meetings and for local PCSOs to book on/off. It also operates a help desk Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm.
A service and estates review found that this police base no longer suits today’s policing operational needs. The building is too large, it requires considerable investment to upgrade its facilities and has limited visibility and public access. It also revealed that for every 100 people who accessed the Warrington help desk, only two people accessed the Risley help desk and has the lowest level of demand of any help desk across Cheshire.
It is proposed to re-locate the current police base to Birchwood Fire Station, just 0.4 miles from its current location. This will ensure that there is a continued local police presence for the public and improved facility for local PCSOs to work from, conduct meetings and book on/off. It is also proposed to move the current help desk functions to Warrington Police Station, which is open Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm and Sunday 8am to 6pm providing longer opening hours and more services that are currently available at Risley.
Birchwood Fire Station will provide residents with a modern fit-for-purpose police base, with facilities for confidential discussions with police officers, a public contact phone on the exterior of the building that links directly to the force control centre and clear signage indicating the presence of a police base.
A new approach in 2018 of allocating a named PCSO means to every community of Cheshire means that local residents and businesses of Risley already have an additional community base at Birchwood Library, just over half a mile from the current police base.
The current Risley Police Base is leased by the Police & Crime Commissioner from Warrington Borough Council. This proposal would realise savings of approximately £27,000 per annum, of running costs which would provide further investment in policing.
The results will be reported to the Police & Crime Commissioner, who will make a decision and feedback from this survey will be published on www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk.
Frequently asked questions
The purpose of this survey has been to provide an opportunity for members of the public to express a view on the Constabulary’s proposal that the current Risley Police Base be relocated to a new joint Police and Fire facility at the current Birchwood Fire Station, with the helpdesk services being redirected to Arpley Street in Warrington town centre.
Not only have the residents of Risley and Birchwood been consulted, but feedback has also been sought from the surrounding communities including Culcheth, Glazebury and Croft.
The survey responses received so far have included a variety of views and questions and this document seeks to provide additional information and answers to some of these.